Biblical floods kill at least 11 and destroy throusands of homes in Vietnam

At least 11 people have died and several more are missing in heavy flooding in central Vietnam.

Tens of thousands of homes have been completely submerged by water. Local authorities mobilise army and police to rescue trapped residents in central Vietnam following torrential rain.

The communist government has ordered local authorities to mobilise the army and police to rescue trapped residents following heavy downpours.

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Officials say at least 11 had died in the flooding with some 27,000 homes under water in the region.

The death toll was seven in Quang Binh province. Conditions are however improving. Now safety troops can reach areas which were isolated by flooding.

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Though rainfall is expected to ease, officials warned the region could be hammered again if typhoon Sarika in the South China Sea reaches Vietnam.

The 2016 Asian monsoon is one of the strongest in many years, and has been intensified by the El Niño natural phenomenon which sees Pacific water temperatures rise and leads to droughts and severe weather worldwide.

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